- By Bryan Stevenson

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

  • Title: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
  • Author: Bryan Stevenson
  • ISBN: 9780553550603
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption New York Times Bestseller Named one of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times The Washington Post The Boston Globe The Seattle Times Esquire Time Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction

    New York Times Bestseller Named one of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times The Washington Post The Boston Globe The Seattle Times Esquire Time Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award Finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize Finalist for the Kirkus ReNew York Times Bestseller Named one of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times The Washington Post The Boston Globe The Seattle Times Esquire Time Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award Finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize Finalist for the Kirkus Reviews Prize An American Library Association Notable BookA powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn t commit The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice Praise for Just Mercy Every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways so a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields David Cole, The New York Review of Books Searing, moving Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be America s Mandela Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times You don t have to read too long to start cheering for this man The message of this book is that evil can be overcome, a difference can be made Just Mercy will make you upset and it will make you hopeful Ted Conover, The New York Times Book Review Inspiring a work of style, substance and clarity Stevenson is not only a great lawyer, he s also a gifted writer and storyteller The Washington Post As deeply moving, poignant and powerful a book as has been, and maybe ever can be, written about the death penalty The Financial Times Brilliant The Philadelphia Inquirer Not since Atticus Finch has a fearless and committed lawyer made such a difference in the American South Though larger than life, Atticus exists only in fiction Bryan Stevenson, however, is very much alive and doing God s work fighting for the poor, the oppressed, the voiceless, the vulnerable, the outcast, and those with no hope Just Mercy is his inspiring and powerful story John Grisham Bryan Stevenson is one of my personal heroes, perhaps the most inspiring and influential crusader for justice alive today, and Just Mercy is extraordinary The stories told within these pages hold the potential to transform what we think we mean when we talk about justice Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

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    1. Not since Atticus Finch has a fearless and committed lawyer made such a difference in the American South. Though larger than life, Atticus exists only in fiction. Bryan Stevenson, however, is very much alive and doing God's work fighting for the poor, the oppressed, the voiceless, the vulnerable, the outcast, and those with no hope. Just Mercy is his inspiring and powerful story.

    2. Re-read. This time via audio. Bryan Stevenson is in the Netflix documentary the 13th. I just watched it. I highly recommend it!I'm late to the party so there is not much for me to say about this book that has not already been said. What I will say is that This is a Very Important Book! If you have not read it you must!!! It should be required reading for high school. I had no idea the injustice that occurred in this country when it came to death row. I live in a state in which the death penalty [...]

    3. Just Mercy: Following the Road Less TakenJust Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption was chosen as a Group Read for June, 2015, by On the Southern Literary Trail. My special thanks to Jane, my good friend who nominated this selection.Bryan StevensonBryan Stevenson has written a compelling memoir with Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. This is an important work which should be read by any individual who is concerned with the concept of Justice and incidents of Injustice that merit c [...]

    4. I often think that my grandparents and parents lived in interesting times. They saw so many things come about in their day. Theirs were exciting times. Women won the right to vote, slaves were freed, and medical advancements were plenty. It was the time of The Industrial Revolution, electricity, the telephone, planes, trains, and automobiles so to speak. I tend to downplay the important breakthroughs of my life and times, Television, Computers, a second industrial revolution of Technology, sever [...]

    5. Well, I suspect it'll drag you kicking and screaming from your happy place, but I defy you to read Bryan Stevenson's remarkable Just Mercy and not come away affected in some way. If you are at all interested in racial and/or sociopolitical injustice, specifically as it applies to our country's (and more specifically, my adoptive home state, Alabama's) seriously flawed justice and penal systems, this is the book for you. Absolutely haunting, heartbreaking, and unforgettable.

    6. "We must reform a system of criminal justice that continues to treat people better if they are rich and guilty than if they are poor and innocent". "Capital murder requires an intent to kill, and there was a persuasive argument that there was no intent to kill in this case and that poor healthcare had caused the victims death. Most gunshot victims don't die after nine months, and it was surprising that the state was seeking the death penalty in this case." INJUSTICE!!!!Bryan Stevenson's book "JU [...]

    7. With all the recent protests across the nation, sparked by the high-profile deaths of several unarmed black men, this is an incredibly timely read.This book is an account of the author, Bryan Stevenson, and his life calling. Stevenson first began helping death row prisoners, mostly black, who had had no legal defense of any kind. He discovered there were thousands who were completely innocent. This led him to start an organization called the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) which is still going st [...]

    8. We never read anything in a vacuum. Every book is filtered through the lens of experience, history and daily life.It may have been a coincidence that I read Just Mercy only days after a horrific mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, but it didn't feel like chance. Having such fresh evidence of racism and violence in the South made the events discussed in this book all the more real.Bryan Stevenson is a lawyer in Alabama who works to defend the poor and the wrong [...]

    9. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption"I…believe that in many parts of this country, and certainly in many parts of this globe, that the opposite of poverty is not wealth… I actually think, in too many places, the opposite of poverty is justice… Ultimately, you judge the character of a society, not by how they treat their rich and the powerful and the privileged, but by how they treat the poor, the condemned, the incarcerated. Because it's in that nexus that we actually begin to und [...]

    10. 4 stars! What a powerful and inspiring book! Please note, if this was a review of the author, Bryan Stevenson's, career and life story, my rating would be 5+ stars. Words cannot adequately describe how I feel about this selfless man who has spent his career fighting for justice for those who need it most. My rating of 4 stars is simply my review of this book (which is obviously what this site is about). My impression of and respect for Bryan Stevenson as an individual is extremely high and would [...]

    11. There is nothing I can write to do justice to this exceptional book. Really, the only thing to say is "Read it!". But here are a few thoughts: Just Mercy is both horrifying and awe inspiring. I listened to the audio of Just Mercy as read by the author, Bryan Stevenson. I listened to it in 40 minute daily increments as I walked to work or for exercise. Each time I had to turn the audio off, I found it hard to disengage from everything Stevenson has to say about his work as the founder of the Equa [...]

    12. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson is a 2014 Spiegel & Grau publication.This book came to my attention from a couple of friends. Their amazing reviews convinced me this book was one I should, and needed, to read. “We have a choice. We can embrace our humanness, which means embracing our broken natures and the compassion that remains our best hope of healing. Or we can deny our brokenness, forswear compassion, and, as a result, deny our own humanity”This man. Bryan Stevenson. Are there any mo [...]

    13. The Force of Forked LightningThe author and civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson has some hard bark on him: for dozens of years now, traveling into the backwater towns of Alabama (and other places in the South) to defend and save the lives of inmates, many of whom were railroaded onto death row. He centers his soul-sparking memoir on the especially egregious case of Walter McMillian in Monroe County, AL, interspersed with brief sketches of examples nationwide proving particular types of injustice [...]

    14. “… the death penalty is not about whether people deserve to die for the crimes they commit. The real question of capital punishment in this country is, Do we deserve to kill?”Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption chronicles the founding, growth, and work of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). EJI is “a private, nonprofit that provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system.We litigate on behalf of [...]

    15. Just Mercy was heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time. I felt a wide range of emotions while reading it, including sadness, anger, and frustration. I knew our system is broken but I wasn't aware to what extent. It was infuriating to read how far behind the times some states are, most notably, Alabama. Before reading this book, I was fairly confident in my views re: the death penalty, and punishments by imprisonment in general. This book changed my views on some things. Bryan Stevenson is a [...]

    16. An absolute must-read book for anyone interested in the integrity of the justice system in the U.S. This book will make you cry, seethe, and grab everyone you know by their lapels and say to them, "Do you know this is happenening?!?! How can this be?!?!?!"The author is an attorney and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. The book highlights several cases of people wrongly imprisoned, and sentenced to death, for crimes they clearly did not commit. In other cases, while crimes were committed t [...]

    17. Excellent! Especially for readers who care about social justice, inequality in the justice system or abolishing the death penalty. It is already abstractly known that minorities, poor people, mentally disabled and un-parented children are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system and Bryan Stevenson gives us an up-close and personal look at many of these people. Judges, police, prosecutors, jailers, politicians, etc. can be very obtuse and uncaring about them and are given "c [...]

    18. Content Warning: This is a dark review of a very dark subject. Reader discretion is advised.Joe Sullivan was thirteen years old when he was arrested. Mentally disabled, neglected and abused, the product of a chaotic home, Joe could barely read at a first grade level and grew up mostly on the streets. On May 4, 1989, with two older boys, he broke into an empty house in Pensacola, Florida. Later, the elderly owner of the house was brutally raped. The woman never saw the man who raped her. When the [...]

    19. There is definitely something amiss with my view of crime. I read crime mysteries and police procedurals for pleasure, but reading about crime from the other side—innocence and guilt or suspects and law or the possibility that the criminal justice system can be wrong—makes me anxious and fretful. I don’t like crime. It seems like weakness. What I have come to see is that crime can occur on either side of a prosecution or conviction: the accused can be guilty of weakness or legal counsel ca [...]

    20. “Why do we want to kill all the broken people?”-Bryan Stevenson “I don’t do what I do because I have to, because I’ve been trained to. I do what I do because I’m broken too. You cannot defend condemned people without being broken."-Bryan StevensonEye-opening, heart-wrenching nonfiction account that tore me apart. The above quotes sum it up. There's nothing else to say. We are all broken people.This is a great read to pair with the fictional book The Enchanted. This may need to be a r [...]

    21. When I first encountered Bryan Stevenson, I was in the middle of tearing pages out of Smithsonian Magazine. Before any reading material made it to my students at the state juvenile correctional facility, I first had to remove any questionable content. Smithsonian was generally safe, but I was quickly drawn into a story profiling Stevenson and Why Mass Incarceration Defines Us As a Society. After finishing the story myself, I made sure it found its way to as many of my students as possible. I bro [...]

    22. This is a must read book for anyone interested in and/or concerned about the American system of justice. I always intended to write a full review of this book but instead have decided to provide a link to a review written by a friend. I hope you will read this./review/showThis is a book which deserves to be read at a time when issues of justice are on every thinking person's mind. Justice must be served "justly" or our system simply will not work. Our system is not working. Stevenson gives a cl [...]

    23. "Capital punishment means them without the capital get the punishment."I discovered this book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, on display in my local public library and there was something about the title which implored me to pick it up. I had never heard the name Bryan Stevenson before picking up this book and I wasn't aware of the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice he had started to defend the most vulnerable and desperate in our society. Now, Bryan Stevenson is someone [...]

    24. Absolutely powerful, horrific and heartbreaking! I had to pause several times while reading this book to allow my mind to absorb the overwhelming context. The insight I gained regarding capital punishment & the mass incarceration of people of color, the mentally ill and children fell on me like a ton of bricks. The author does a fantastic job giving the reader the history of racial politics of the South and how it has transcended through time. God Bless Bryan Stevenson, what an amazing indiv [...]

    25. I sat glued to the audiobook narrated by the author himself. He is easy to understand, even if he does read it a bit quickly. HE knows who is who but I have to be given time to learn that. The speed, but only in the beginning, was difficult. He reads with feeling, and THAT is good. Here is an unselfish man with empathy.I emigrated from the US in the 70s, so this book filled me in on what has happened to the justice system since then. Shocking! Justice? Is there any justice left? Justice only for [...]

    26. On a personal note: I read this a while ago, and you guys, I can't get it out of my head. I've been reading lighter books lately because the busy holiday season doesn't leave me much bandwidth to wrestle with heavy topics, and if you're in that boat too, I get it. But make a note to yourself to find a copy of Just Mercy once January rolls around and you're ready to engage with the world again. This book made me furious. Mostly at my own naivete and head-in-the-sand, privileged optimism. I had no [...]

    27. A many award winning , nonfictional ( though sometimes you'll wish it were) account of Bryan Stevenson, who as a young attorney, founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit practice which sole purpose is to defend the most maligned by the legal system, those serving time on deathrow for crimes they didn't commit, but being either poor, black, ill, damaged by childhood mistreatment, or most unfortunately not well represented by those appointed to do so, end up buried in the legal justice sy [...]

    28. JUST MERCY is a ringing denunciation of the way prosecutors, police officers and judges conspire to get convictions without having the evidence. How do they do this? They cheat. They make up evidence. They create and intimidate witnesses by threats and bribes. They hide exculpatory evidence they are required by law to give to the defense attorney. These public officials are a disgrace to American law enforcement and they are almost never punished for their behavior, even when those they wrongly [...]

    29. Just Mercy shows that we still have a lot of work to do in our justice system. Bryan Stevenson focuses the book on the mass incarceration of black underprivileged folk and the myriad cruelties they face by United States law. He writes about the lack of resources allocated to defending the impoverished, the injustice of the death penalty, and the additional difficulties experienced by women, children, and people with mental illnesses. He uses the case of Walter McMillian as the backbone of the bo [...]

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